Sustainability Education

Education is the key enabler of creating a sustainable world for future generations. At NTU, we seek to incorporate sustainability education for students at different stages of their learning journey, through relevant courses or programmes, to provide them with the foundation and practical tools for understanding the concepts of sustainability and applying them to solve real world problems.

Undergraduate Programmes

Since 2021, we have introduced a sustainability course in our common interdisciplinary core curriculum for all undergraduates. This course aims to develop students with the critical skills to collaborate across disciplines to systematically analyze major sustainability challenges from the perspectives of society, economy, and the environment. Students will learn to address sustainability issues from different viewpoints and at different scales. They will then use these skills to discuss and propose solutions for sustainability challenges facing Singapore and the world.

Building on this foundation, NTU offers various undergraduate programmes with different aspects of sustainability incorporated in their curriculum. We also offer sustainability-themed programmes in Environmental Engineering and Environmental Earth Systems Science. In addition, students from other degree programmes with interest in sustainability may also enrol in our 2nd Majors or Minors related to this area.

Postgraduate Programmes

NTU is pioneering a new push in PhD education that will tear down barriers and drive research into areas that need a multi-disciplinary approach. In keeping with global trends and needs, students at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programme at NTU will concentrate on two or more disciplines, instead of one. Today, fresh thinking is urgently needed to mitigate many global challenges, not least in environmental sustainability, the creation of viable alternative energy solutions, and many other wide-ranging and complex issues.

  • GIS and Geospatial Learning in Sustainability

    Sustainability has become a key theme in higher education globally. It is also by now a core component of the revised MAHE programme. The spatial thinking tools and applications that you will learn in GIS will help you to better comprehend sustainability issues as well as devise solutions for such problems. This course will enable you to apply GIS vis-a-vis cross-disciplinary perspectives in the Humanities with respect to the Southeast Asian context.

  • Global Cities

    This course aims to introduce the urban ways of life and appreciate the emergence of global cities beyond the Global North. The course will also include various empirical and grounded experiences of global cities around the world, especially on issues related to urban liveability, sustainability, water, housing and other urban infrastructure issues.

  • Environmental Planning and Management

    This course examines selected environmental challenges in urban areas and explores planning solutions and management options to avoid or mitigate such problems. Multidisciplinary, integrated solutions that follow principles of sustainability are emphasized.

  • Discourses in Sustainability

    The environmental and social impacts of global climate change been increasingly emphasised. Accordingly, there is a need to equip learners with the history of sustainability studies, alongside current debates and possible future trajectories of this discipline. This knowledge will help learners better understand situations related to climate change and also opportunities in fostering environmental sustainability.

  • Field Inquiry in Sustainability

    Fieldwork strengthens our classroom concepts and gives the opportunity to understand the world through inquiry- based learning. This course will equip learners with both the qualitative and quantitative skills to collect and interpret data in ways that can help to inform environmental solutions for a more sustainable future.

  • Second Major in Sustainability
  • Aspiring students with a passion for Sport Science & Management (SSM) now can complement their degree by undertaking a Second Major in Sustainability. This Second Major in Sustainability within the SSM degree programme equips students with the knowledge and skills to address pressing environmental and social challenges faced by the sports industry.

Continuing Education

NTU Continuing Education offers a wide range of programmes and courses for working professionals that are curated from various disciplines and conducted via different learning platforms. Aligning with the Government’s concerted effort to build sustainability as a way of work, play and life, that is the Green economy, specialised topics such as Sustainability Design, Energy Management, Environmental Management and etc. are created and delivered as either short courses or semester long courses, credit-bearing and stackable towards the relevant certificate(s) such as Specialist, Graduate and/or FlexiMasters certificate.